The Center brings DIFFA's popular Picnic by Design event to Las Vegas at Symphony Park Sept. 12

In partnership with Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) will host Picnic by Design at Symphony Park on Saturday, Sept. 12. Local designers are creating over-the-top picnic baskets and tables to be purchased online at and then enjoyed with delicious food and fine wine in the shadow of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts (361 Symphony Park Ave.). Las Vegas Men’s Chorus, Laura Taylor Mulkey and others will provide live entertainment throughout the evening. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and a cocktails and dessert party follows at 8 p.m. All proceeds will benefit The Center and DIFFA.

Event chairperson and architect/designer Cray Bauxmont-Flynn says, “Picnicking is a lost art, and what better way to boost the joy of being outdoors than with a picnic under the stars? Something unique about Las Vegas is that our immense local talent always comes together for a purpose and charity. Picnic by Design is an exciting summer event that highlights the phenomenal local design talent that Las Vegas has to offer along with top-rated food and fun for a good cause and redefines the concept of a traditional picnic.”

“The AIDS issue is far from over, and DIFFA continues to create innovative events to raise awareness and much-needed funding,” says Honorary Chairperson Roger Thomas, well-known for designing the interiors of Wynn Las Vegas. “Picnic by Design will bring Las Vegas together to celebrate creativity and community and to support The Center in its programs that directly address HIV/AIDS with education, diagnosis and support.”

The Roger Thomas Collection and Wynn Las Vegas serve as Presenting Sponsors of Picnic by Design. Las Vegas Design Center is a Gold Sponsor. Silver Sponsors are Christopher Guy, Destinations by Design, M+M Creative Studio and Robert Allen. In-kind donors include downtown restaurants Eat and Rock’N’oodles.

For more information about Picnic by Design or to purchase tickets to the event, please visit Designer picnic baskets that serve two are $300 each, and designer picnic tables that seat and serve eight are $1,500 each. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are also available to attend just the cocktails and dessert portion of the evening, from 8 to 10 p.m., for $75 per person. All guests must be 21 and older.